The art of writing part 2

  • July 2014
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Intent versus content Intent: that which is intended; aim; purpose; design. Content: substance; purport; information contained with the communication. Why are they separately important and intrinsically connected? Do you have to lead with your intent on every text project? Perhaps not, but I think it’s important to consider. Intent is like the mission statement of

Templates

  • June 2014
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For some, template means those options you may be given when opening a Microsoft Office program, which are often not quite what you need, or appear too rigid to be useful. For others, it’s a search term for when one has forgotten where to put the date and contact information for the addressee and addressor

Y me spelchekk

  • May 2014
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Y me spelchekk? 3am AEDT, Sydney, Australia: Steve Ford (not his real name), 53, sits at his desk completing a business proposal. Concurrently, somewhere in London, sits Rupert Birtwhistle (not his real name), 72, a British banker.  It’s 4pm UTC. He awaits a proposal he has specifically requested from the company in which the Australian

Star-cross’d Websites

  • April 2014
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Two websites, both alike in dignity, In fair interweb, where we lay our scene. Providing service, the two websites be, Needing customers to request be’ng seen. One, from late night publish, break to morning view, The regret and sadness of no edit, Only spellcheck before upload be due. Cust’mers suspect scam with grammar foetid, And

The art of writing Part 1

  • February 2014
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How do technical writing and creative writing differ? For me, technical writing involves the use of all my training and experience as an engineer and more. I have to understand the work, ensure that the sense, meaning and language meet the needs of the intended audience and then, sometimes, a document needs to be dissected